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for john brennan, president obama's nominee to heat cia, it was held in the intelligence committee in the senate, right? well, specifically it's called the u.s. senate select committee on intelligence. this committee was not created until 1976. it was created specifically in response to the recommendations of the church committee. the church committee was a special senate investigation led by idaho senator frank church. it was formed in 1975. their work took nine months and 150 staffers. they produced a two-foot-thick report in may 1976 that said, among other things, that we need congress to oversee intelligence in this country. the way we are overseeing it now is not working. and you know why we can tell that oversight is not working? because the cia keeps killing people. or trying to kill people in other countries that we are not at war with. the cia at the time had taken it upon itself, it wasn't clear if they were acting alone or at various presidents' direction, but they had taken on the job of assassinations in foreign countries. assassinations and attempted assassinations. a
, other answers were given to the committee that were revealed today from john brennan. we can talk about that after a moment. they knew that there were other issues they were going to have to deal with. they needed to get this off the table. >> well, in terms of releasing to the intelligence committees, it's a very good point about who this is going to. this is not the same as releasing this memo publicly. we presumably will still never know what is in it, just as members of the public. but andrea, do we know enough about what the administration was concerned about in this document, that worried them so much that before tonight they wouldn't even show it to the oversight committees in congress in a classified setting? do we know what they saw as so potentially dangerous releasing even that far? >> i'm not sure what they thought was so dangerous initially, other than they believe there is a precedent that this is basically a legal memo, an advisory memo. and others have been released in the past on other, you know, on technical and intelligence issues. they were arguing this is the equiva
of the cia. john brennan, the architect of the obama administration's drone program, strongly defended their use, saying strikes only take place to prevent terror threats, not as punishment for them. >> i think there is a misimpression on the part of some american people who believe that we take strikes to punish terrorists for past transgressions. nothing could be further from the truth. we only take such actions as a last resort to save lives when there's no other alternative to taking an action that's going to mitigate that threat. >> democratic senator ron wyden who has demanded more insight into the administration's legal justification for drone strikes against americans pressed brennan on the issue. >> do you believe that the president should provide an individual american with the opportunity to surrender before killing them? >> any american who joins al qaeda will know full well that they have joined an organization that is at war with the united states and has killed thousands upon thousands of individuals, many, many of them who were americans. so i think any american who did
brennan, will face the senate intelligence committee for his confirmation hearing as the director of central intelligence. one of the very first thing president obama did you might remember when he first became president at the start of his first term in 2009 was that he dropped the bush administration's torture policy. remember, he did that right away. he issued an executive order two davis taking office to doubly, triply extra ban torture in the united states. at the start of that first term, newly elected president obama also wanted to nominate john brennan to be the head of the cia. but he didn't end up putting him forward. john brennan ended up taking his name out of contention for that nomination because of opposition to him being chosen. and the opposition centered on the fact that john brennan had been deputy executive director of the cia during the bush days. during the bad old torturing prisoners days of the george w. bush administration. so you're going to have a brand-new president who bans torture, but then you're going to put a guy who was there for the whole torture
brennan in a moment. first, you know who is an twitter? not on twitter, daniel faulkner. who is that? nobody special, just the cop that the man shot dead in 1981. so thanks to the skewed priorities of our cool, cool culture, a thug is a cause celeb, a victim forgotten. google daniel faulkner u you get 193,000 hits. google muna, you get photos. he's delightful in dregs. he writes poetry. sure would take an hour to find out how guilty he is, but why when you have others weeping on his behalf. now we have the new documentary out everywhere which is about as balanced as an italian cruise liner, a vile valentine to a thug whose mass murder is martyrdom. it's out now who hope that the dangerous cool of a murderer rubs off on their lives. he is global warm not guilty a prison jump suit, cocktail conversation for cowards. they crusade for gun control as they defend a cop killer. screw them. i beg you, stop following celebs who are on crusades that elevate thugs. for they mock a cop's life to be cool. the book by the victim's wife, she could use the money. the next time you see someone in a
been watching the confirmation hearings for cia director nominee john brennan, an explosive day of testimony marked with protests and contentious questioning, a story that will no doubt dominate the headlines for days to come. "hardball" picks things up right now. >>> defending the drones. let's play "hardball." ♪ >>> good evening. i'm michael smerconiummer komer chris matthews. secrets and spies. the man who is at the center of the national debate over the targeted killing of americans overseas has been in the hot seat on capitol hill. among other things john brennan coordinates the kill list and so his confirmation hearing to become head of the cia is drawing an unusual amount of interest and attention. we'll get to what he said and the reaction at the top of the show. >>> also, more and more people on the right are asking, who is karl rove and why should we listen to him anymore? rove wants electable republicans nominated. the tea partiers want their people in. real right wingers and they're trashing rove and establishment republicans in the process. >>> plus, you've probab
't disagree with that. >> okay. do you think this is going to imperil john brennan's nomination? >> the president believes that john brennan is uniquely qualified as a 25-year veteran of intelligence work. >> okay. good morning, everyone. it's the top of the hour. 6:00 on the east coast. it's thursday, february 7th. welcome to "morning joe." with us on set, we have the chairman of deutsche incorporated, donny deutsch. and former treasury official and "morning joe" economic analyst, steve rattner. and from washington, nbc chief foreign affairs correspondent and host of "andrea mitchell reports," andrea mitchell. andrea, good morning. >> good morning. hi, mika. >> want to get straight into the news. chris christie's back in the news. he kind of fired back at that white house doctor who made some really kind of inappropriate comments about his weight. >> yeah, did you hear about that? >> i thought. i thought it was great what he said. it's exactly the conversation that we don't need to have about weight and obesity. we need to have a better one. hopefully this will lead to that at
hearings for cia director nominee john brennan and that's "special report" for tonight. i'm chris wallace in washington. keep it right here on fox where more news is always on the way. "special report" online with a twist starts right now. >> shepard: this is the fox report. tonight, more graphic testimony from a woman on trial for killing her boyfriend. she says she shot him, stabbed him, slit his throat. but jody arias says it was actually all his fault. plus, say good bye to mail on saturday. >> delivery schedule too big of a cost savings to ignore. >> shepard: tonight, why letter carriers say this is going to be a disaster. the $10,000 college degree. >> such a great price for such a great education. >> what we're bringing to the table is opportunity and access. >> shepard: what do you really get for your money? plus, monopoly announces which token will never again pass go. and which new one will take its place. but first from fox this wednesday night. a woman who admits stabbing her ex-boyfriend, shooting him, cutting his throat is implying that she was the real victim in the relatio
of americans overseas has been in the hot seat on capitol hill. among other things, john brennan coordinates the kill list, and so his confirmation hearing to become head of the cia is drawing an unusual amount of interest and attention. we'll get to what he said and the reaction at the top of the show. >>> also, more and more people on the right are asking, who is karl rove and why should we listen to him anymore? rove wants electable republicans nominated. the tea partiers want their people in, real right wingers, and they're trashing rove and establishment republicans in the process. >>> plus, you've probably heard that chuck hagel once said the following, quote, the jewish lobby intimidates a lot of people up here. i'm not an israeli senator. i'm a united states senator. but what you probably haven't heard is the rest of that interview and why some people who know what hagel really said aren't angry with him at all. >>> and why is chris christie talking so much about his weight? maybe because he wants to talk about it on his terms, and why might that be? because perhaps he's running for
defense secretary. a different committee hold as hearing for the man picked to run the cia. john brennan. for more of these controversial nominees, let's bring in our chief congressional correspondent, dana bash, and gloria borger. dana, what are your sources telling you about chuck hagel's confirmation? >> reporter: well, you know, there are supposed to be at least the chairman, carl levin wants a vote in the senate armed services committee tomorrow but it might not happen. one may reason is that many republicans on the committee don't want it to. we're told that they are circulating a letter urging senator levin to delay it. and they say, these republicans, that they are still waiting for key information from hagel. for example, senator lindsey graham told me he still doesn't p have information about the speeches that hagel gave, who he spoke to, what he said, and what he was paid. and the ranking committee, james inhoff said he's looking for people to slow this train down. senator levin doesn't like partisan food fights. and so an aide said that they would not be surprised if levin do
's confirmation hearings for john brennan, the president's nominee for cia director. catherine herridge is on this in washington tonight. the white house now defending brennan and defending these drone strikes. >> well, that's right. after facing backlash over the targeted killing program. the white house insisted its nominee to head the cia is not in trouble. >> so the president believes that the senate should and will confirm john brennan expeditiously. >> but white house counter terrorism advisor john brethren nap described the architect as the expanded drone campaign. the target adding al qaeda leaders overseas crosshairs of republicans democrats. mr. obama's traditional supporters on the left. >> the united states took a program that had very -- used very minimally by president bush. now they are over 3,000 civilians who have been killed in this -- in this program. >> these documents released tonight by the senate intelligence committee in advance of tomorrow's hearing, show john brennan was questioned by federal investigators as part of two national security leak investigations. b
ahead of the president's announcement for new choice of cia director, john brennan. john brennan was once the deputy cia director. he is now president obama's counterterrorism director at the white house. but if he is to run the cia for president obama, john brennan is first going to have to face questions on thursday about some of what michael isikoff turned up here on this program last night. a justice department white paper elaborating the administration's reasoning for why it thinks it is legal to kill american citizens on the president's say so. or actually, on the say so of an informed high level official of the u.s. government. so maybe that's the president, but maybe that's somebody else. michael isikoff's scoop ended up at "the new york times" today and "the washington post" and "the hill" and slate and salon and ap to name a few. it was everywhere. and then at a press conference today, the attorney general was asked about it. >> last night nbc reported a white paper that was prepared by the justice department undated, unsigned about the legal -- the legal pinnacles for
growing obama appointees on two fronts. listen to republican senator marco rubio press john brennan on why we allowed tunisia to let the only benghazi suspect go through and listen to lindsey graham question leon panetta. >> doesn't sound like a good system working with our foreign partners. >> during that eight-hour period, did the president show any curiosity about how is this going, what kind of assets do you have helping these people? did he ever make that phone call? >> there's no question in my mind the president of the united states was concerned about american lives. >> with all due respect, i don't believe that's a credible statement if he never called and asked you are we helping these people. >> the questions raise more questions than offering any sort of answers so i asked is america a safer place or in more peril under president obama's war on terror. oops. we're not supposed to call it that. are we safer or in more peril, kimberly. >> if you're in the drone program, you are pretty happy about killing terrorists. i'm concerned about lost opportunities in terms of being able to
what we've learned about a potential sighting overnight. >>> john brennan in the hot seat as he tries to become the new cia director. surprising views on interrogation tactics and drones. >>> then, he's out. the man squatting in a multimillian dollar mansion in florida gets the boot. >>> and we'll speak with jim clemente, dr. michael welner, james usera, a former classmate of christopher dorner. ronwiden, and david frei of the westminster kennel club. we want to welcome our international viewers as "starting point" starts right now. >>> hey, everybody. welcome. our "starting point," everyone bracing for the monster blizzard. could turn out to be a storm for the ages with forecasters using words like epic to describe the storm. live pictures of new york. a foot of snow could be on the ground by this time tomorrow. right now, 23 million people in the northeast under a blizzard warning. air travel hit or miss. 3,000 flights scheduled for today and tomorrow have already been canceled. in boston, concerns that the storm could be worse than the blizzard of 1978. you will remember a hundred
of discussion. >>brian: john brennan -- >>gretchen: i get that. but they killed al-alawaki three years ago now. i don't remember lawmakers making a humongous stink about this. some libertarians did. to me, it is two issues. is the president being hypocritical because he complained about george bush and his tactics with the war on terror? yes, but that is a separate issue from president obama is fighting the war on terror. are you against actually killing terrorists? yesterday ed henry from fox news grilled the president's spokesperson on that. >> why are you dancing around the question of whether or not we killed civilians? why can't the government admit that -- >> i don't think i'm dancing around it. i didn't dispute it. what i can't do or what i'm not -- i don't disagree with that. >> do you think this is going to imperil john brennan's nomination? >> the president believes he is uniquely qualified as a 25-year veteran of intelligence work, 25-year veteran at the c.i.a. to lead that agency. and as the president's top counterterrorism advisor these past four years, he has done extraordinary w
the president wants to head up the cia, john brennan getting grilled, defending the administration's increasing use of drone strikes, saying they are critical for national security. but brennan told the committee he would rather capture terrorists than kill them. >> the american people believe we take strikes to punish terrorists for past transgressi transgressions, nothing further from the truth. >>> democrats laid out the 15-point plan for gun safety on thursday. involves strengthening background checks, one for every gun sold, and a ban on assault weapons and magazines, cracking down on illegal gun trafficking, closing holes in the mental health system and support for citizens' rights to possess firearms for hunting, shooting sports, defense, and other legitimate lawful purposes. >>> party is over in boca raton. they have seized a $2.5 million mansion from a squatter who has been living there since december. andre bar rosa,, 22 years old. police and a bank of america representative came calling and they gave barbosa the boot. >> which you knew that was going to happen. you can't squat in a 2
the president's chief counterterrorism adviser john brennan heads to capitol hill for his confirmation hearing to take over the cia, the white house has to answer some tough questions about its overseas drone program. the catalyst is a leaked white house memo obtained by nbc's michael isikoff that justifies in certain cases attacks on american citizens abroad. the white house has forced strong criticisms from advocates over the drone policy. ron wyden tweeted today every american has the right to know when the government believes it is allowed to kill them. what's surprising people is how much most americans seem to casually accept this as the cost of doing business in a dangerous world. eugene robbins is a columnist and david corn is from mother jones. both are msnbc political analysts. let's take a look here at ed carney, the president's spokesman, talk about this. it was a briefing today and carney defended the president's position on drones but also faced some tough questions. let's listen. >> i won't talk about specific instances, but the fact is that the methods that we use are designed
evening, just a day before the president's chief counter terrorism advisor, john brennan heads to capital hill for his hearing to take over the c.i. averment. the white house has to answer some tough questions about its overseas drone program. the catalyst is a white house memo obtained that justifies american citizens. civil liberties advocates and senator ron widen tweeted today every american has the right to know that their government believes they're allowed to kill them. most americans seem to casually accept this. david corn is washington bureau chief for mother jones. both are msnbc political analysts. jebtle men, let's look here at carney. there was a briefing today and carney defended the president's position on drones. >> i won't talk about specific instances, but the fact is the methods that we use are designed specifically to avoid civilian casualties. i think it's fair to say that far few er civilians lose their lives in an effort to go after senior leadership as opposed to an effort to lead a country with hundreds of thou sants of troops. >> why are you dancing around the q
john pwrepb tpher -- brennan head of the c.i.a. administration. >>steve: if george bush was president and he had a program like this, democrats would be calling for george bush's impeachment. this would be a giant story every day in "the new york times." instead what you hear on the other side, crickets. there was a letter that came out yesterday. 11 senators wrote a letter to the president -- eight democrats and three republicans -- asking for questions. which is interesting, when you go back to 2007, there were 144 democrats who sent a letter to president bush to close gitmo over the torture. the hypocrisy is stunning. >>gretchen: they did come up at the press conference, jay carney, there were several reporters calling out the hypocrisy. at least they were asking questions about this issue. he had the same -- it's almost like he was reading a legal answer, because he read the same quote several times to the same question almost as if they parsed the words to make sure. because the aclu, quite frankly, is suing the government right now. the aclu usually agrees with this administrati
for now. >>> john brennan, the president's pick to be the next cia director getting drilled at his confirmation hearing. he was pressed on the targeted killing of terror suspects, including u.s. citizens. >> i think there's a misimpression on the part of some american people who believe that we take strikes to punish terrorists for past transgressio transgressions. nothing could be further from the truth. we only take actions as a last resort to save lives when there's no other alternative. >> the brennan hearing was interrupted several times by protesters. at one point, senator diane feinstein stopped the proceedings and actually had the room cleared. >>> all right. too close for comfort. scientists at nasa say a giant asteroid, about half the size of a football field, is headed our way. they predict it will pass very close to earth on february 15th. no closer than about 17,100 miles. it's one of many large space objects barrelling toward us at the very moment. experts say all of them, inclauinclud including this one, will have very limited, low-impact probability. >> very good. >
. >> the john brennan nominee, described it as self-defense, okay? a drone, a drone against, you know, an american. and do you have any problem with that one? >> let's go back to the two parts. first the hypocrisy argument. john brennan and all of his ilk of folks who were criticizing the left, criticizing president bush for going into iraq on preemption, on self-defense before we were attacked and the left has been going for eight years, you know, bush lied, people die, all based on the issue of preemption. and here we have now, this administration who is against all of this, now saying, the same rationale that president bush-- >> hypocrisy is one issue and i give that one to you, but are you not troubled by the fact and this is also sort of looped into hypocrisy. a new discussion with the obama administration wanting to bring gitmo to new york and give them trials where they have lawyers, rights to appeal. cross examination, decided by a jury and yet here under this government program, a high government official, i don't know who that is. judge, jury, executioner of americans. >> ag
to the drama, john brennan, the president's pick to head the cia and the architect of the drone policy, he'll appear before the senate intelligence committee today. lots to talk about with barbara starr who's following all these developments for us this morning from the pentagon. barbara, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, soledad. all about spice and drones this morning, isn't it? well, this video has not yet been confirmed as the genuine article by the administration, the pentagon or the cia but it's getting a lot of attention. if you look at it, it's perhaps not so compelling itself, but there's plenty to try and figure out. let's get to that in a minute. but i want you first to listen to -- we translated some of the voice on the tape describing what you're looking at. have a listen. >> translator: this air craft has had many flights in countries around iran. in operations that have taken place in pakistan, this aircraft has provided guidance. >> reporter: so a claim there of u.s. spying on iran and that's really what this is all about. if this is the genuine article, the key ques
in to the demands of congress. and today, in a senate confirmation hearing lawmakers will grill john brennan, obama's choice to lead the cia and also an architect of the drone program and a vocal supporter. >> we conduct targeted strikes because they are necessary to mitigate an actual ongoing threat to stop plots, prevent future attacks, and to save american lives. >> but it was the killing of an american citizen in yemen that raises all the questions. u.s. drones killed u.s.-born cleric anwar al awlaki, he was tied to the terrorist plots including the underwear bomber but never charged in u.s. court. iran claims it has unlocked the encrypted surveillance images from a spy plane drone. cnn cannot independently verify the authenticity video which is running on iranian state television and youtube. >> translator: this aircraft has had many flights in countries around iran and operations that have taken place in pakistan, this aircraft has provided guidance. >> the u.s. has never confirmed that iran shot down the drone, only it somehow vanished over iran. president obama asked iran to return it but t
but the legal justification was revealed and be a big topic at brennan's hearing thursday before the senate about the c.i.a. can i play a sound bite and go back? this is jonathan karl and jay carney. >> how does dropping a bomb on an american citizen without judicial review, any trial, not raise more human rights question than something like waterboarding. >> the questions around this issue are important and the president takes them seriously. >> let's be clear, this is giving legal justification for killing american citizens without any trial whatsoever. >> i would point you to the ample judicial precedent for the idea someone who takes up arsenal against the united states in a war against the united states is an enemy. >> bob, you wanted to say something. >> holder said eminent threat to the united states. the condition a leader present an imminent threat does not require united states to have clear evidence of a specific attack will take place in the immediate future. in other words, they can drop a drone on a u.s. citizens with no justification whatsoever as johnathan karl pointed out.
terrorists as possible so we can illicit the intelligence from them. >> gretchen: that's john brennan general yesterday defending the white house's use of drone strikes to kay take out terrorists. the center strategy which some say limits our ability to obtain information from detainees. joining me is colonel ralph peters. good morning to you. >> good morning to you. great to speak to you again. >> gretchen: thank you. you had a very interesting op ed yesterday. you are one of the few who actually thinks this is one of the best policies that president obama has put into place. why? >> it's the only policy obama has that works. i was very disappointed in brennan's politically correct statement yesterday because he knows it's not true. he doesn't mean it. the obama administration's policy and it's a wise one, is kill terrorists. don't try to capture them because capturing them just gives us another unfunded liability. what do you do with them? we've got prissy rules that won't let us interrogate them seriously. they laughed at us. they're on the taxpayers dime for the rest of our lives even if
. "outfront," michael waldman president of the brennan center from nyu school of law, and michael medved, conservative commentator for salem radio. great to see both of you. michael waldman, you're both michael so i have to do first and last names. great to see both of you. the president asking for a smaller package because a bigger deal can't get done. how is this moving the ball forward? there's blame to go on both sides here but it is pathetic. >> i think he probably would say that it's better to kick the can down the road than to kick the economy off the cliff. this is kind of a self-inflicted answer to a concocted crisis. the threat to default on the debt a few years ago to try to force a budget deal, and then oh, we're going to put these automatic cuts in, they're going to be so terrible that that will force our hand, and now the political market and everybody else is kind of priced in already the nonsense. so i think as an economic matter, it would be really bad to have this austerity go in effect right now but it's not a permanent solution, it's not a way to run a railroad or a g
, with martin dempsey, and john brennan, you were talking a lot about drones. there's been a lot of talk about the americans using drones against people linked to al qaeda. american citizens. you look at a case like this, and dorner, is this a case where you would think some time soon that we would use drones against american citizens, a case like this, where he's trying to kill people? >> no, i don't think so. and i don't think we'll ever get there. and i think it's very, very important to understand that the legal justification for using an air strike against an enemy combatant, no matter what their citizenship is, is longstanding in this country. and world war ii is the best example, where somebody would join forces with the enemy to fight the united states. they no longer have the benefit of the u.s. citizenship to protect them when they're an enemy combatant on foreign land, fighting the battle of the united states. so he was belligerent. in the al awlaki case, he's a belligerent to the united states. that's very different than having a united states citizen in the united states. they hav
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